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Average rating from 11 reviews.
SPCA of Connecticut
359 SPRING HILL ROADMONROE, CT 06468
274 miles away
Reader's Reviews (11)
Hording Situation - Scam
posted 5 years ago
I made the mistake of volunteering there for one of the special adoption events. I went early to help clean. I found a filthy unheated old farm house crammed in every room with cages and crates. The smell and volume of noise was unbelievable. There were far far more dogs than ever showed on their Petfinder page. Cleaning was done with bleach water and one rag and that same bucket of filthy water was used on every crate I cleaned!
I asked about the dogs in very small cages on the porch and were told they were biters. I went out and several went crazy trying to get to me. On the Petfinder senior page the Lhasa and terrier are still listed and I saw them over a year ago! I also saw an ancient German shepherd who was posted on www.germanshepherds.com as needing a rescue, but, although he was on the SPCA Petfinder site Acker refused to allow him to be adopted out. He's gone now so I assume he died in that hell hole.
I was given NO information about the dogs to tell potential adopters. I saw mill dogs and dogs just in from a shipment from the south adopted straight out with no evaluation or warning that the mill dogs would have emotional issues. I did my best to tell people what to expect, but I was only one person. The volunteers treated it like a party where dogs were the doorprize.
I met Fred Acker and found him to be extremely charismatic and slick. At no point did I ever see him so much as look at a dog let alone assist in any of the cleaning, walking or even petting a dog. They are a product to be brought in and moved out. Everything at the event and on his site is designed to get donations, but the dogs don't see them. I was told the house is unheated ALL the time! I also noted that the volunteers think he is wonderful and make excuses for the conditions the dogs are kept in.
I complained to him about the conditions and made some suggestions. He seemed very nice about it, but when I tried to adopt one of the dogs at the end of the day I was told that the dog was suddenly "unavailable."
This place exists to make money for Acker, polish his considerable ego and feed his hording need. The city has tried to shut him down many times without success. I hope that they succeed soon for the welfare of the poor dogs unfortunate enough to end up there.
Cons: Over crowded, dirty, dogs warehoused for years,
50 of 56 people found this review helpful.
posted 5 years ago
These people are being kicked out of Monroe for having to many dogs and trying ot move to New Milford. A place that already has an animal shelter. Not even five min. away. I realize they are trying to help animals, but the runs are going to be completly inside. They should move somewhere where there isn't a long established animal shelter!
11 of 21 people found this review helpful.
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